The Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation already in 2012 tasked me with finding partners for conservation projects in Eastern Europe in order to design a series of projects with these partners and to find more public benefit foundations to participate in the financing of such projects.
As a first step I established co-operation with EuroNatur, one of Europe’s leading conservation organisations, and the Ciconia Foundation, the transnational Europe-Africa stork project. The two organisations impressed me with their high degree of networking and their co-operation with competent and well-established partners in the respective countries. These NGOs, some of them very small, are strengthened through their collaboration with EuroNatur and CICONIA, meaning that their support remains effective beyond the duration of the project. Both organisations have very long term involvements in the project regions.
The following five projects in Eastern Europe were developed in the course of a workshop with the two organisations and proposed to the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation:
The Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation (AVJCF) agreed with this proposal. In co-operation with AVJCF, EuroNatur and CICONIA, other foundations were inspired to assist with the projects, making generous contributions in addition to the financial support provided by AVJCF. So far, several million euros have been raised for the implementation of the five projects.
Building on this success story, other projects have been added such as the protection of pristine Balkan rivers from their destruction, the protection of Carpathian primeval forests from legal and illegal logging and other projects.
In 2021 an important cooperation among foundations for the protection of mediterranean wetlands (DIMFE) was started.